Monday, 21 January, 2019

Trump on existence of Comey recordings: 'You're going to be very disappointed'

Francis Olson | 15 June, 2017, 19:44

Donald Trump Jr. appeared to confirm on Saturday that his father indeed suggested that former FBI Director James Comey should shut down the FBI's investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Comey on Thursday told a Senate committee investigating Russian meddling in United States elections that Trump had asked him drop the case against Flynn in a one-on-one conversation in the Oval Office in February, the day after Flynn was sacked.

When asked if he would testify under oath to special prosecutor Robert Mueller, who is also a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Trump said: "100 percent".

Mr Comey's testimony is certain to dominate the question-and-answer session when Mr Trump faces the press at the White House later on Friday in a joint news conference with Romania's president. "No collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker", Trump told reporters in the White House rose garden Friday.

Mr Comey also claimed he took memos of his meetings with the president as he was concerned Mr Trump may lie about what was discussed.

Comey refused to comment on whether he thought Trump was trying to block justice.

Today, Mr Trump was coy when asked about the tapes, telling media at the White House press conference, "I'll tell you about it over a very short period of time", he said.

Additionally, the president didn't answer any specifics about the tapes he'd once tweeted about, where he alleged that he'd recorded his conversations with Comey.

Trump investigated for obstruction of justice
His impassioned response came after Senate Democrats raised questions about whether Sessions privately met with Kislyak. In one heated exchange with Sen. "There are none, Senator Wyden , there are none", Sessions insisted, his voice rising.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called FBI Director James Comey's Thursday testimony a persuasive indictment of President Donald Trump's efforts to influence the direction of the Bureau's Russian Federation investigation. "That was an excuse by the Democrats who lost an election that some people think they shouldn't have lost, because it's nearly impossible for the Democrats to lose the electoral college, as you know", the president said.

TRUMP: I hardly know the man.

Comey said he had the memos leaked in hopes of prompting an appointment of a special counsel to the Russian Federation investigation. I hardly know the man. That's what I have been focused on, but yesterday showed no collusion, no obstruction.

Trump tweeted early Friday that he feels vindicated by Comey's testimony.

The way the Q&A unfolded, it certainly sounded as if Trump said he's prepared to testify under oath, which would raise the stakes on the investigation considerably.

"You said you hoped the Flynn investigation he could let go", ABC News' Jon Karl asked Trump during a press conference.

But Trump continued to tease whether there were recordings of his conversations with Comey.


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